July 28, 2016 Subject:
i'll never get tired of this one.
many grateful thanks to all involved.
January 9, 2016 Subject:
Love the Jam
Like many, my favorite part of this "performance" is the Jam before Wharf Rat. It is, to me, the essence of the Dead. It is spontaneous improve jamming where the music plays the band. What the members have said about jams like this is that they are composition in real time. You really see that here as FOTM starts to take shape, years before it ever became a "song." What I did not realize until listening to this today is that Keith sits out the first 10 minutes of this jam and then comes in with a fury on his electric piano, which he did not play nearly enough for my liking during his tenure. Great stuff.
November 22, 2014 Subject:
Best sound for the jam
August 27, 2013 Subject:
It was a very fine time indeed.
One of my all time favorite Bird Songs. People often wax poetic about Jerry, but this is a shining example of superb ENSEMBLE playing. Listen to what Billy is doing on cymbals, Bob's counterpoint, Phil's lower register exploration, and Jerry's use of the pick and his fingers - rather than all the effects that came later on.
There were thousands and thousands of very high people here, and the music reflects that. It just floats...
July 27, 2013 Subject:
This show just makes me happy.
Good sound, good set list.
Love the stage banter.
July 27, 2013 Subject:
Great stuff here, although one really can't compare this to other "shows" - it IS a soundcheck, after all, and lacks that familiar dramatic arc that connects the entire experience of a Dead show together. This is just a bunch of tunes lazily sort of scattered together - they repeat a few the next night, so take your pick as to which are better.
That said, there is some *seriously* heady music here - Bird Song glides along as easy as you please for damn near 15-20 minutes, and the big, famed jam that leads into Wharf Rat is, I think, the first time the band played around with Mickey's Happiness Is Drumming (aka Fire). Ironic that Mickey wouldn't be there for the "debut", as it were, of this oh-so-familiar chord pattern, but I think it does show just how connected he still was to the band.
So, yeah, great stuff abound here, an easy five stars for the audacious ballsiness of the band's intuition to turn a soundcheck into a full-blown afternoon of music, the tunes themselves, and this beautiful matrix - I think is my favorite way to listen to this most famous of warm-ups. And, no, I do NOT think this is better than the actual show - the actual Watkins-Glen show is something to behold.
January 24, 2012 Subject:
Last few years have sucked me back into 1970's grateful dead. They were up to some serious shit back then and must have blown a good few minds.
Jam in set 2 is phenomenal.